From the Office of State Senator Kel Seliger, District 31

January 20, 2012
Contact: Kirsten Nuckols, (512) 463-0131

Statement from Senator Seliger on the U.S. Supreme Court's Rejection of Court-Drawn Interim Maps

"The Supreme Court has said that there is a separation of powers. The decision says that the courts are ill-suited for policy (legislative judgment). Further, the decision asserts that 'a district court should take guidance from the state's recently enacted plan in drafting an interim plan.' In short, the three-judge panel should start with the plans passed by the Legislature, and only alter those things that the court believes violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

In Justice Thomas' concurrence, he states strongly that the state's maps have not been found to violate any law. On another important subject, he makes an assertion that must be addressed, probably in another cause, when he writes, 'As I have previously explained, Section 5 (of the Voting Rights Act) is unconstitutional.' The Constitution won a round today."